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The Irish Workhouse Centre

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Portumna
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

The Irish Workhouse Centre is a thought provoking place to take the kids, that may just make them realise how lucky they are in comparison to the poor families (and children!) that ended up in one of the 163 workhouses that operated in Ireland between the early 1840s to 1920s.

The tour takes about an hour, and starts in the only fancy room to be seen in the whole house, the Boardroom, where those responsible for running the workhouse held their meetings. You will also see the waiting hall, where families who were hoping to gain admission had to stand. When you visit the girl's school, you will be given a presentation, followed by a short video, both of which will tell you about different aspects of life in the workhouse, including the fact that families were often split up on entry.

You will also see the girls' yard, women's dormitory block, matron's quarters and the laundry building. The guides are very knowledgeable and questions all welcomed at all points of the tour.
There is a quiz for kids of 8 years and older.

Opening hours

1 March - 31 October 9.30am - 5.00pm


Adult: €7.00 Senior or student: €5.00 Family (2 adults and children): €15.00 Under 13s: €3.00 Under 7s go free.

Travel & Contact Information


, Portumna, County Galway, IE, null

Phone number

090 9759200



Click here to visit The Irish Workhouse Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

The Irish Workhouse Centre has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, The Irish Workhouse Centre is not wheelchair friendly.

No, The Irish Workhouse Centre have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

The Irish Workhouse Centre has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop


Such nice people 5 out of 5 stars

This place was a lovely surprise. Workhouses are a bit heavy for my liking for the kids but the Guide was so friendly (made us a brew and all) and there was so plenty to look at inside from exhibits to old artefacts.

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